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Beckham on best book shortlist
Mark Haddon
Haddon's book is nominated in five categories
Footballer David Beckham, Whitbread winner Mark Haddon and Harry Potter author JK Rowling are up for the top prize at the British Book Awards.

Beckham's autobiography, My Side, is also joined by Paul Burrell's memoirs and Monica Ali's Brick Lane in the Book of the Year category.

Madonna's English Roses is nominated for Children's Book of the Year along with Philip Pullman's Lyra's Oxford.

The awards will be announced live on Channel 4 on 7 April.

Haddon, author of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, is nominated in a record five categories.

Nominations for Book of the Year
Brick Lane - Monica Ali
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time - Mark Haddon
Eats, Shoots and Leaves - Lynne Truss
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix - JK Rowling
The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
My Side - David Beckham
The No 1 Ladies' Detective Agency - Alexander McCall Smith
A Royal Duty - Paul Burrell

As well as Book of the Year, he is up for Author of the Year, the Literary Fiction Award, the Children's Book of the Year and the Audiobook of the Year.

Populist

Monica Ali's debut Brick Lane is nominated in four categories.

A bestselling book about English grammar, Eats, Shoots and Leaves by Lynne Truss, also made the Book of the Year shortlist, along with Alice Sebold's The Lovely Bones and Alexander McCall Smith's The No 1 Ladies' Detective Agency.

McCall Smith and Pullman also made the best author shortlist, alongside children's author Jacqueline Wilson, thriller writer Harlan Coben and Booker prize winner DBC Pierre.

Biography of the Year candidates include Claire Tomalin's Samuel Pepys and Shane Richie's Rags to Richie.

A new category is the Richard and Judy Best Read of the Year, featuring 10 books which have been discussed as part of the book club on Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan's daytime show.

The presenters will host the awards next month.


SEE ALSO:
Haddon takes Whitbread book prize
28 Jan 04  |  Entertainment
Beckham book on curriculum
26 Sep 03  |  Wales
Madonna book sells 8,000 copies
24 Sep 03  |  Entertainment
Ali nominated for US book prize
20 Jan 04  |  Entertainment


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